Vintage versus a Reproduction
First of all, consider that there are many positive factors related to opting for a reproduction. Since the styles from past eras have experienced a surge in popularity, many companies have dedicated themselves to creating beautiful options made with the look of vintage dresses, but designed from modern fabrics.
Some of the advantages of buying pieces in this way include more convenient sizing. Over the years, clothing sizes have changed, so that if you buy a piece that’s truly vintage, it can be difficult to know if it will fit correctly without trying it on first.
Also, if you’re interested in these types of dresses primarily because of the way that they look instead of the potential monetary value attached to them, reproductions are well worth a look. They are often much less expensive than true vintage dresses, but have the same impressive style that so many people have come to know and love throughout the years.
How to Know if it’s Vintage
One of the easiest ways to check for the authenticity of vintage dresses is to look at the tag inside. The garment tags will often display the name of the designer, along with the year that the piece was made. Also, if a dress is USA made and a union member in the United States made the piece, you might notice a blue and white tag along with the main tag. However, don’t be alarmed if you don’t find care instructions on the tag, because these were not required until the 1970s.
It’s also easier to recognise vintage clothing once you’ve studied about the trends of a particular time period. For example, vintage dresses were often tailor-made for a particular person, so they were sewn by hand, instead of with a machine. If you notice slight differences throughout the stitching, that’s a good indication that the garment was crafted by hand. Also, beginning in the 1950s, narrow armholes were very much in vogue for the next twenty years or so.
These small, yet important details give distinction to vintage dresses and can help you gain some background about a piece before you decide to call it your own. Whether you ultimately decide to buy a truly vintage piece, or a reproduction, you’re sure to love the result, which is a unique and eye-catching dress.